Schoolboy hopes to be world’s youngest author after publishing book

Bella-Jay Dark, photo: Chelsie Syme

A DORSET schoolgirl is seeking to be crowned the world’s youngest author after publishing her first book.

Bella-Jay Dark, who is five and lives in Weymouth, recently decided she was going to write a book and her mum at first thought it was ‘one of those things’ children do, but it became a real title that was officially released.

The youngster’s mother, Chelsie Syme, wants her achievement to be recognized as an official Guinness World Record after meeting all requirements except selling 1,000 copies – which they aim to do.

Dorset Echo: Bella-Jay Dark, photo: Chelsie Syme

Dorset Echo: Bella-Jay Dark, photo: Chelsie Syme

Ms Syme said: ‘I’m really, really proud of her, I didn’t think it would go this far, so I’m just proud and want to see her get the recognition she deserves.

“It all started when she came to me one day and said she was going to write a book and wanted me to staple some paper together.

“I thought it would just be a scribble and you would say ‘wow’ like you do as a parent.

“We then went to a book fair and someone said they wanted to publish it.”

Ginger Fyre Press is the company that produced the book, which is now available to buy on Amazon and through Waterstones for £4.

The book itself, titled The Lost Cat, features a feline who goes on an adventure but soon learns an important lesson.

Ms Syme continued: ‘It’s about a cat that comes out getting lost and realizes it shouldn’t go out without its mum, so it has a good message.

“She did all the drawings by herself except for one backwards which her older sister Lacey-May produced.”

Dorset Echo: The Lost Cat book written by Bella-Jay Dark, photo: Chelsie Syme

Dorset Echo: The Lost Cat book written by Bella-Jay Dark, photo: Chelsie Syme

Having already met the other requirements, including being published by an official society and being the right age, the young Weymouth’s parents hope she can sell enough copies.

Ms Syme added: “I believe the current record is held by a woman called Dorothy Straight who wrote her first book aged four but wasn’t published until she was six, so we’re pushing there- above.”

Bella-Jay already has her eyes on other books with planning already underway for future titles.